Rwanda genocide suspects in UK

According to the Independent, at least three suspects in the Rwandan genocide are living in the UK. Among them is Celestin Ugirashebuja, a former mayor, who reportedly incited his community to kill hundreds of Tutsis.

To date, he has not been arrested or interviewed about the allegations against him. The 55-year-old former mayor of the rural commune of Kigoma, close to Kigali, the Rwandan capital, is one of at least three suspects known to be living in the UK whose names appear on a list of the 100 most-wanted genocide suspects issued by Rwanda.

The document claims Ugirashebuja had a “direct hand” in five separate massacres and individual killings. When asked at his home about the allegations, Ugirashebuja denied his involvement and said they were part of plot against him. He said: “It is all lies. We are people of God. They [the Rwandan government] want to kill all Hutus in England. It is all lies against me.”

Oddly enough, it seems that the reason that Britain is dragging its feet in extraditing Ugirashebuja has to do with their war crimes law. Apparently, the current law applies prosecuting Nazis, but not Rwandans.

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